The Rocket Launches A Shot

Dump the DH

On May 23, 1996, Roger Clemens became the 7th Red Sox pitcher to bat since the inception of the designated hitter. With the exception of Tim Lollar, who reached base safely as a pinch hitter in 1986, Clemens is the first Red Sox pitcher to get a base hit as a pitcher up at bat since the inception of the DH rule.

A look at these rare instances:

DateOpponentPitcherSlugging Result
July 12, 1975 TexasLuis Tiant Flied out
May 21, 1976New YorkJim Willoughby Flied out
June 17, 1976OaklandDick Pole Grounded out
July 5, 1976 ChicagoLuis TiantStruck out
July 25, 1979Oakland Joel FinchFlied out
July 29, 1980 Kansas CityDick Drago Grounded out
Aug. 8, 1985 Kansas CityTim LollarLine out
Aug. 12, 1986 Kansas City Tim Lollar Singled
May 23, 1996Seattle Roger Clemens Singled
July 30, 1997SeattleSteve Avery Grounded out
May 13, 2000BaltimoreDerek LoweStruck out

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